This the views, ideas and suggestions of the

This presentation will be exploring how the daily life of a
disabled child and their families are effected by the services provided by the
professionals involved, in particular the role of a social worker and special
educational needs co-ordinator.

The medical model demonstrates how some people,
organisations or professionals view and understand disabilities. It recognises
that a disability is the result of a physical condition. The focus of attention
is on the disability and diagnosis, enabling medical care often makes it easier
to manage and function with in their everyday lives. However the medical model
can often be portrayed as negative, using negative and judgemental labels that
imply that the disabled person is defective. In practice this can result in the
views, ideas and suggestions of the disabled person being dismissed by the
professional as they do not think they are capable of such activities. The
disability discrimination act 1995 introduced guidelines to deal with
discrimination against disabled people.

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The social model was created by disabled people. It is
believed that the issue begins with society and the attitudes, systemic,
cultural, environmental and economic barriers that cause the disadvantages to
disabled people. Identifying barriers, promote solutions and using the social
model to evolve society and their view, this will in turn help to remove such
barriers therefore causing changes to policies, education, and promoting
individuals to take responsibilities for own health and well-being. Some
criticisms of the social model are that results of the model are not evident
until after a long period of time so its effectiveness is hard to gauge. In
practice the professional can learn from the social model and work to remove
barriers or restrictions for disabled people. The removal of barriers and
making of reasonable adjustments can be seen underpinned with in the equality
act 2010.

Its is the role of the SENCO to identify the diverse needs
of children and work to meet those needs to ensure the child receives the
support needed to provide good education. This support can be in the form of
equipment to assist mobility, communication devices to create easier more
efficient understanding therefore resulting in less confusion and frustration
for the child.

By following the SEND code of practice the SENCO can use
their best endeavours to avoid negative impacts on disabled children. These
negative impacts can cause a child to fall behind and not progress with their
peers perhaps causing the child to become withdrawn, frustrated, upset,
behavioural issues causing disruptions to their home life causing stress and
upset within their family. By assessing, evaluating and involving parents
input, cooperation and insights disabled children can be easier overall to
manage and teach enabling them to develop and their needs can be met. The code
of practice requires the SENCO is responsible for meeting the needs of all
pupils and requires tracking and reviewing how resources can be best used to
provide a positive impact on pupil progress also personally and socially.

Social workers and the rest of the children with
disabilities team (CWD) can provide support in the form of information and
advice regarding housing issues, emotional support by providing advice and
access to correct professionals. The social worker will assess situations and provide
information accordingly. The social worker may think that the family and the
disabled child will benefit from support such as direct payments. Direct
payments can have a positive impact on daily living experiences for the child
and their families by providing independence and direct control with services
required. This can be in the form of equipment to help with daily tasks,
funding to attend respite or activities, and also the assistance to attend
those activities. 

In order for social workers to provide care and empowerment
to disabled children and their families. It is essential to work together with
multiagency and families, to have their input on care plans. Sometimes a social
worker can be seen as a messenger for the local authorities and not be seen as
a hands on care giver/coordinator. Staff shortages can also effect continuity
and cause frustration resulting in relationship strain between the disabled
person, their families and other professionals.